Sunday, March 21, 2010

TPI Reports - Different Parameters and Languages to describe Hinduism, Christianity and Islam


oday's -21/3/2010 issue page 9 carries 3 Stories.

Amusingly, there are 3 different parameters and language to describe them.

1 Pope apologies to Sex abuse victims-

the writing is apologetic and the only critical section is the current head of Amnesty International Colm O Gorman from Victim group One in Four-
" Clearly the Pope is trying to restrict it (his apology) to the Irish Churc and they are speaking only to the irish church.
I find that decietful because we know that this is a systemic problem in the global church. Its all aboput protecting the instituition and above all, its wealth" he said in a telephone interview.

Summary= Christian church is sorry so excusable

2 Indian Tantric tries killing sceptic live on TV, but fails

A sceptic challanged an Indian tantric to kill him live on television after the guru proclaimed that he could kill another man using his mystic powers...
The episode was banned in television, but can be viewd on Youtube.....?

Sanal edamaruku,self appointed sceptic in chief of Indian Rationalists Association told pandit sharma to kill him.
Both men were invited to the talk show for the challenge.

Sharma was reluctant to start hour later Edamaruku was alive and amiling.

He added 'the immediate goal I have is to stop these fraudulent babas and gurus. I want people to make their own decisions. They should not be guided by ignorance,but knowledge.
I'd like to see a post-religious society-that would be an ideal dream,but i don't know how long it would take"

summary = Hinduiusm is 'fake and fradulent and must go.

3. War-ravaged Kufa mosque gets back its glory,thanks to Bohras

Dawoodi Bohras, with gold pillbox skull caps...but hardly anybody among the faithful knows that the small trading community from Mumbai has single handedly rebuilt..the structure at the peak of strife in the beleaguered Arab country.

Summary = Islam? is glorious

Media-NGO nexus bolsters Modi

Chandan Mitra - Daily Pioneer

For more than eight years, Narendra Modi has faced the wrath of the media and some motivated NGOs. Paradoxically, he has emerged stronger!

There is this story and I don’t think it’s apocryphal. It involves Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and a leading television news anchor. This apparently happened after Mr Modi won a stunning two-thirds mandate from the electorate in 2002 despite a sustained campaign targeting him in the national, as well as local, media for his alleged role in the post-Godhra riots. When the TV personality walked into the Chief Minister’s chamber for an interview Mr Modi got up, shook his hand and thanked him effusively. Taken aback by this unexpected gesture, the anchor asked the Chief Minister why, in spite of the hostility shown by the channel, he was being thanked. Mr Modi tersely replied, “But for your hate campaign against me, I would not have won such a huge victory. I hope you continue to spew venom in the years to come.”

More than eight years after the ghastly mass murder of innocent kar sevaks in Godhra and the frightening reaction to that incident, Mr Modi still remains a demonic figure for most of the media. Barring this newspaper no other English-language publication presents a balanced picture of his formidable achievements. The Gujarati media, propelled by brazen financial greed, continues to snipe at him because he spurns their endless demands for official favours. English news channels spare no opportunity to haul him over the coals on the slightest pretext. Yet, Mr Modi remains the greatest Gujarati icon since Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and perhaps India’s most dynamic Chief Minister with a development record that is the envy of his counterparts. Mr Modi’s 2002 assertion that the media’s demonisation of him will work to his political advantage has turned out to be prophetic.

This article is not meant to be an ode to Mr Modi; he hardly requires more adulation than he already gets. But the manner in which the English-language media recently went ballistic over the SIT’s decision to summon him for questioning underlined the visceral hatred of this section of the so-called secular news dispensers towards him. Having tried strenuously and failed repeatedly to dislodge him from the Chief Minister’s chair the media now clutches at straws. Last week they again demanded to know: “Shouldn’t Modi resign now that the SIT has summoned him?” This poser didn’t go far, because being called for interrogation is hardly ground for an elected Chief Minister to put in his papers. Many senior politicians, some of them holding high office, have appeared in court to testify after chargesheets were filed against them and trials commenced. It is not even clear if Mr Modi will have to physically appear before the SIT or merely send the State’s Advocate-General to reply on his behalf. In fact, after the Supreme Court’s observation in a related case last week that the SIT was set up to oversee proper conduct of the probe and could not also appropriate the right to investigate, even the legal validity of the summons is in question.

The media then fell back on tried and tested tear-jerkers, recalling in lurid detail the atrocities perpetrated during the post-Godhra violence, without even a cursory reference to what happened in Godhra itself. It was conveniently overlooked that following tantrums thrown by various motivated NGOs, fresh trials were ordered by the apex court in several cases of mob violence. In the gruesome Bilkis Bano case, in which the pregnant woman was not only brutally killed but allegedly the unborn foetus also ripped out of her stomach, the Gujarat Police filed charges against 18 people. After a fresh trial, this time outside Gujarat, the same 18 people were convicted. Now it transpires that the doctor who conducted the post-mortem testified recently that the ripping of the stomach and murder of the unborn child was a figment of some people’s macabre imagination. So much for the hyperbole about the subversion of the investigative process by a ‘communalised’ Gujarat Police! Exactly the same happened to the probe into the Best Bakery incident, proving yet again that the shifting out of trials from Gujarat has made no difference to their outcome.

This brings me to the crux of the matter. Certain dubious NGOs, obviously on the payroll of Mr Modi’s political opponents, have been getting their way with the courts through sheer lung power, nuisance value and ‘secular’ credentials. They got cases shifted out of Gujarat, kicked up enough ruckus through a sympathetic media to get the SIT installed by the Supreme Court, and used every ploy in their arsenal to fulfil their political paymaster’s objectives. These NGOs have been guilty of forging signatures in the distribution of relief to riot victims, and stand accused of bestial behaviour towards those who did not toe their line. Best Bakery’s Zahira Sheikh learnt this the hard way and served a jail sentence for perjury because she could not bear the NGOs’ torture and changed her statement in court. The same NGOs are now livid with the SIT, which in many ways is their brainchild.

Because there is no FIR or chargesheet against Mr Modi, they think the SIT too has been indoctrinated by Mr Modi’s brand of Hindutva. They have publicly accused some members of the SIT of being the Chief Minister’s sidekicks. The NGO concerned seeks to be the complainant, advocate, judge and hangman all rolled into one! I recall one of their ilk, the Narmada Bachao Andolan (also anti-Gujarat and anti-Modi) using abusive language against Supreme Court judges because the verdict on Sardar Sarovar didn’t go in their favour. An avuncular Bench of the court let off the rabble-rousers, including a well-known anti-national litterateur, with a mild warning. The social and media clout of these professional disruptors and diabolical breast-beaters is truly incredible.

It is, therefore, with some amusement that I followed the same media’s incandescent rage against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati last week. Her money-mala at the BSP’s 25th foundation day rally was undoubtedly crass and exhibitionist. But it wasn’t a political crime the way the media portrayed it. For decades, politicians have been weighed against coins at public meetings and the funds thus collected were viewed as donations from ‘adoring’ supporters. Many of Ms Mayawati’s actions run counter to accepted social norms as well as aesthetics. Installing statues of oneself is not something Indians (irrespective of caste) are comfortable with. Ms Mayawati’s political opponents have every right to question the use of public money for such activities. But in gunning for the garland of notes, the media should have recalled how Chaudhary Devi Lal had made it a habit to have his formidable bulk measured in coins.

By cocking a snook at the media and accepting yet another garland of notes 48 hours after the first, she has not just brazened out the criticism but probably enhanced the admiration with which her core supporters behold her. In the end, the media diatribe may have ended up as a much needed booster for the embattled leader. Isn’t it time our media pundits stepped out of their air-conditioned ivory towers and conducted a reality check for themselves?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Don’t block the ‘Internet Hindus’

Kanchan Gupta - Daily Pioneer

Hindus who are proud to assert their identity and fly the Tricolour high have now found a new platform to have their say, the way they want it, without fear of being shouted down. Tired of being derided by pseudo-secularists in media who see nothing wrong with Muslim communalism and Christian fundamentalism but are swift to pounce upon Hindus for being ‘intolerant’, their cultural ethos crudely denigrated by the Left-liberal intelligentsia as antediluvian, Hindus have begun to harness technology to strike back with deadly effect.

They are bright, they are well-educated, they are not burdened with regional and caste biases, they are amazingly well-informed on national issues and world affairs, they are rooted in Indian culture, and they are politically alert. They hate being told they are wrong when they know they are right. They have a mind of their own and refuse to be led like sheep. Not surprisingly, they hold the Congress, the Left and regional parties in contempt, as they do journalists who cravenly ingratiate themselves with the establishment. For them, India matters — and matters more than anything else. Meet the ‘Internet Hindus’.

In recent days there has been a spate of articles disparaging the ‘Internet Hindus’, variously describing them as “loonies”, “fanatics”, “irrational”, “Hindu Taliban” and, by an enraged news channel anchor, “gutter snipes”. Much of the criticism has come from left-of-centre journalists who believe they have unfettered monopoly over media as their inalienable birth right. Exalted members of Delhi’s commentariat, who are indistinguishable from the city’s la-di-dah socialites, tend to turn up their noses every time they hear the phrase ‘Internet Hindus’ as they would at the suggestion of travelling by public transport. Others are given to contemptuously brushing aside ‘Internet Hindus’ as being irrelevant and describing their views as inconsequential. All this and more has neither dampened the spirit of ‘Internet Hindus’ nor blunted their assertive attitude.

Here are some statistics, culled from an ongoing online survey, which would help create a generic profile of ‘Internet Hindus’. The survey is open to all Hindus who use the Internet; the response has been overwhelming. Of those who have responded, 88.9 per cent have identified themselves as ‘Internet Hindus’, indicating they attach no shame to the term though their critics would want them to feel ashamed. Of the respondents, four per cent are aged 20 years and below; 55 per cent are aged 30 and below; 31 per cent are 40 and below; and, only 10 per cent are aged above 40. In brief, 90 per cent of them are young Indians.

The educational profile of the respondents is awesome: 43 per cent are graduates (most of them from top-notch engineering, science and medical colleges); 46 per cent are post-graduates (a large number of them have MBA degrees from the best B-schools); and, 11 per cent have PhDs. It is understandable that none of them is unemployed. Those without jobs are still studying (17.3 per cent) and can be found in labs and classrooms of the best universities here and abroad. Of the 82.7 per cent who are employed, 3.1 per cent earn up to Rs 2 lakh a year; 18.4 per cent earn up to Rs 6 lakh a year; 34.7 per cent earn up to Rs 12 lakh a year; and, 26.5 per cent earn more than Rs 24 lakh a year. Nearly 60 per cent of them frequently travel abroad on work and holiday. Some 11 per cent have travelled abroad at least once.

Contrary to the impression that is being sought to be created by their critics, ‘Internet Hindus’ are open to ideas, believe in a plural, law-abiding society and swear by the Constitution. They are often appalled by the shenanigans of our politicians, including those of the BJP, and are ruthless in decrying politics of identity and cynical vote-bank policies. They have no gender prejudices and most of them think banning FTV is downright silly in this day and age. The ‘Internet Hindus’ will not countenance denigration of their faith or biased media coverage of events, but 91.9 per cent of them respect and accept other religions. Asked if India is meant only for Hindus, an overwhelming majority of them, responding to the survey, said, ‘Hell, no!’

So why do they infuriate pseudo-secularists in media and make Delhi’s commentariat see red? There are three possible explanations. First, the Net is beyond the control of those who control newspapers and news channels. While the print and audiovisual media have for long excluded contrarian opinion and denied space to those who disagree with absurd notions of ‘secularism’ or question the quality of reportage, the Net has provided space to the ‘other’ voice. Real time blog posts now record the ‘other side’ of the day’s story (“The Prince was shouted down in Bihar, not feted by students!”), Twitter affords instant micro-blogging even as prime time news is being telecast (“That’s not true. I live in Bareilly. This is not how the riots began!”), and YouTube allows unedited amateur videos of events (the Meraj riots, the Islamist violence in Kashmir Valley) to be uploaded, giving the lie to edited and doctored versions shown by news channels.

Second, unlike carefully selected ‘Letters to the Editor’ in newspapers and ‘Feedback’ posted on news channel websites, the reactions of ‘Internet Hindus’, often savage and unflattering, cannot be thrown into the dustbin or deleted with a click of the mouse. English language media journalists, long used to fawning praise from readers and viewers, are horrified that someone can actually call them ‘dumb’ in public space and there’s nothing they can do about it. Third, the established elite, most of them middle-aged, are beginning to feel threatened. Here’s a new breed of Indians who have used merit and not ‘connections’ to make a mark in professional excellence, young men and women who are educated and articulate, and are willing to challenge conventional wisdom as preached by media ‘stars’ who have rarely, if ever, been questioned. The elite who dominate newspapers and news channels are seen by ‘Internet Hindus’ as part of India’s past, not future. As one ‘Internet Hindu’ writes in his blog, “A large number of ex-elite can’t stomach fact that children of bankruptcy are better travelled, better read and dominate the Internet!” Harsh, but true.

We can describe the ‘Internet Hindus’ as the “lunatic fringe”, but that won’t change the fact that their tribe is growing by the day. Soon, those on the fringe will move to the centre and their critics will find themselves precariously perched on the fringe. The Right is gaining ground as is the access and reach of the Net; newspapers and news channels, the Left’s last refuge, no longer command absolute control over information flow. It would be unwise to ‘block’ the voice of ‘Internet Hindus’, as then their clamour to be heard will further increase and there is nothing we can do to silence them. The times they are a-changin’.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Jihadi Riot in Bareilly, Where are the Media Giants?

Fanatic Jihadis celeberated Mohammad's birthday by looting Kafir's shops and burning Kafir's Houses. Hindus and Sikhs were under target by Fanatic Jihadi mob.Hindus were told not to play Holi in the Roads were Jihadi's are taking processions to celeberate Mohammad's birthday

The administration is unable to control the Jihadi riots in Bareili started on March 2nd , a day after holi, all thanks to the hate speech by a Muslim cleric Maulana Tauquir Raza Khan, president of the Ittehad-e-Millat Council.

UP Police arrested Maulana Tauquir Raza Khan, president of the Ittehad-e-Millat Council, from Bareilly, for his “rabble rousing speech” that had led to communal tension in the district last week.

While Media's were competing to air the clips of Post Godhra riots , No such enthusiasm is seen now to report this in our 24x7 Channells or Mainstream Media

Jihadi Riot

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Declare India 'Hindu' nation: Dr. PravinTogadia

Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh): Demanding a revision in the Indian Constitution, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today said India should be declared 'Hindu Nation' to check 'Jihad'.

VHP general secretary Praveen Togadia said this, while addressing a function here. Some amendments were needed to give Jehadis a befitting reply, he noted.

The VHP leader expressed dissatisfaction on the working of the political parties and said they were only working to gather votes. Favouring reservation to women, he said outfits that support reservation in the name of religion should be tagged as anti-nationals.

Mr Togadia further said the national menace of terrorism was hitting the economic policy of the country. The anti-national elements aim to hit the economic policy of the country. Terror strikes in Mumbai, Pune, Kashi and Delhi were done with the sole aim of affecting the economic policy of the nation.